Russell Tribunal on Palestine

“They’re White just like us and the people they’re killing ….. are Arabs,” a Zionist’s claim at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.

“Our use of the phrase ‘the Dark Ages’ to cover the period from 699 to 1,000 marks our undue concentration on Western Europe. .. From India to Spain, the brilliant civiliztion of Islam flourished. What was lost to Christendom at this time was not lost to civilization, but quite the contrary – to us it seem that West-European civilization is civilization; but this a narrow view,” Professor Bertrand Russell in ‘History of Western Philosophy, page 419.

Inspired by BRussell Tribunal (established in 1967) – the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RTP) was launched on March 4, 2009 in Brussels to seek and reaffirm the primacy of international law to find the solution to the Jewish occupation of Arab Palestine, based on justice and equality. It’s importance has increased since Israeli outright rejection of the United Nations’ Goldstone Report and the submission of US Congress to AIPAC in taking a similar stand. The Tribunal is named after the famed Western philosopher, Bertrand Russell (1872-1970).

The first international session of Russell Tribunal on Palestine was held in Barcelona on March 1-3, 2010. The members of the jury included Mairead Corrigan Maguire (Nobel Peace Prize holder from N. Ireland), Juan Tapia Guzman (Chile), Ronnie Kasrils (S. Africa), Michael Mansfield (UK), Giesele Hallimi (former French ambassador), Aminata Traore (Mali), Alberto San Juan (Spain) and Cynthia McKinney (former US Congresswoman – watch a video below).

Cynthia McKinney wrote her experience of the RTP and her discussins in European capitals:

“For those who have never left America’s shores, one need only look inside United States at the genocide of America’s indigenous people and the continued pillage of their land to understand how today’s life of largess was made possible by years of mistreatment, lawlessness and genocide committed gerations ago. In 1948, the cycle began again when Sionists eager to weild state power were placed in control of Palestine by Europeans, Britons and Americans and created State of Israel on the land where Palestinians lived.

I inquired of one Israeli testifying at the Tribunal what did Operation Cast Lead tells us about the nature of Sionism. And it was through this line of questioning that again heard something that I have heard all over the world, but never in the media: “I am an anti-Sionist Jew”. In the United States, Sionists at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) purport to speak for all Jews and they would have non-Jews to believe that criticism of them or Israel is criticism of all Jews. For many that I encounter in the world whose only previous information came from the media, their most startling discovery is that this is a lie. And I have heard some of the most impassioned critiques of Israel’s policies toward Palestinians from anti-Sionist Jews.

Given my experiences and reflections during this European tour that included the Russell Tribunal; a standing-room-only meeting of Congolese who came from all over Europe to Brussels; a standing-room-only crowd of young people in “the hood” of a Paris suburb attending an event organized by rapper Joe Dalton; and several events in London that included a standing-room-only 9/11 Truth – 7/7 Tube Truth event, I find the observation of the Russell Tribunal attendee both poignant and relevant: It is still possible for people battered by propaganda and lies, covert and false flag operations, and the meanest of media blackouts to see and hear those of us who dissent and act on conscience. Our message is being received. A growing global critical mass see the humanity that binds us together despite the lies and the screens of religion, race, ethnicity, language, gender, and sexual orientation–skillfully used in the past to divide us. The real message from my Russell Tribunal respondent is clear: Resistance to lies, injustice, war, and indignity is necessary and more people seeing that, join with us in our principled struggle.

Hebrew University professor Nurit Peled Ethanan in her statement at the RTP said: “In the Jewish Democratic state of Israel all human values have long wiped off by the blood of innocent babes. Racist discourse is legitimate and racist education is the only education allowed. Israeli children are raised on slogans such as love thy neighbour while being trained to kill their neighbours and their children, demolish their houses, torture their elders and deprive their ill and dying from medical help care. Jewish mothers raised their children with all the love and attention Jewish mothers have and then rejoice when their children turn into murderers, and are proud when their children turn into corpses in uniform. In the Jewish democracy of Israel, 324 children, most of them kidnapped from their beds in the middle of night by fully armed soldiers, are held in inhuman conditions of Israeli prisons. In the Jewish democracy of Israel, no-one is ever punished for killing Palestinian children; Israeli government trades in human life and human blood, in a market where non-Jewish blood and bones are worth much than Jewish ones; Israeli candidates who wish to be elected to the office of PM have to outscore their rivals in killing of Palestinians and make grand promises to kill and expel more and more and more. In the democracy of Israel 20% of citizen of the state are labeled in schoolbooks as demographic problem, threat and even demographic nightmare; their language, their culture, their rights and their hopes are erased from the face of the earth both physically and symbolically.

As an Israeli, it’s very painful to me to realize the word Israel has become the synonym of Oppression, Tyranny, ruthless Apatheid and Racism, and the star of David is equated in rallies all over the world to the Swastika. When the Jewish poet Bialik wrote after the pogrom against the Jews in Kishiniev, “Satan has not yet created Vengeance for the blood of a small child” – it did not occur to him that the child might be a Palestinian child from the Holy Land and his slaughterers – Jewish soldiers.”

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